As you all know my niece Maiya suffers from Type1 Diabetes, and our family has been fully committed to supporting her as well as supporting research for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Maiya spent her first birthday in Grand River Hospital fighting for her life. Type 1 Diabetes is an auto immune disease that attacks your body killing the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes affects people at random and typically occurs in individuals during their adolescent years.
Maiya is now 5½years old and is a vibrant energetic and incredibly intelligent young girl that deserves to live her life to the fullest. She motivates me every single day with her incredible personality and her zest for life. However her day is much different than the other kids her age, it includes continuous blood glucose monitoring, weighing and measuring all food and drinks that she consumes and then 6-8 insulin injections through the course of the day in order to stay alive.
Maiya is ready to graduate from Senior Kindergarten and will be off to grade one in September. Her school day is not withou tchallenges, it includes a 40 minute bus ride to and from school, a nurse attends the school daily to give her insulin injections, her food intake has to be carefully measured and monitored, her teachers and other staff also require education and training on the monitoring of her blood glucose levels. With innovative products such as the Dexcom continuous blood glucose monitor; ( a device that is implanted under the skin and sends real time BG levels to your cell phone ) the management is greatly improved. This device allows Mom and Dad to rest easier as they can monitor and watch Maiya’s BG levels remotely from work and communicate directly with the teacher if Maiya requires assistance. Products like the Dexcom are now available because of research and development funded from dollars that JDRF has raised and committed to many institutes.
I am committed to help Maiya fulfill her life to the fullest and hopefully see a cure for this horrible disease. I will once again be walking with Maiya, our family and friends in the annual JDRF Walk fora Cure on Sunday June 10, 2018 in Waterloo.
Through the great work of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF there have been many great strides in our goal to cure this disease, including stem cell research which now has a number of human clinical trials in process including embryonic encapsulation which is very exciting. Things are happening so fast now and on so many fronts I believe the cure for this disease is in our sights.
This is a cause that I am committed to support and see through to the day there is a cure and with your help that day will be sooner than later.
I know that there are so many worthy causes that we all look to support and I truly am thankful for your past support for our cause. I hope that you will once again consider JDRF and our walk as one of your areas of philanthropy this year.
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